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New York approves gay marriage, Paris Pride wants France to copy

Reuters/Andrew Kelly

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made gay marriage legal just before midnight Friday, inspiring participants in Paris’s annual Pride March Saturday to call on presidential candidates to do the same in France.


Gay rights activists celebrated on New York city’s streets early Saturday after the Republican-controlled state senate approved the Marriage Equality Act by 32 to 29.

Four Republicans joined Democrats to give the bill one more than the number it needed.

A Socialist-proposed bill to legalise homosexual marriage in France was lost earlier this month thanks to the votes of most MPs from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party.

A recent opinion poll showed 63 per cent of French people in favour of the idea but only 41 per cent of right-wing voters supported it.

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